Leadership Team

Our Story

CogAbility was founded in 2017 by former IBM engineer, consultant, and technology author Jim Hoskins. Jim has a long history of excellence in helping businesses leverage technology through publications, mobile apps, and complete AI solutions.  As one of the first 75 companies invited to work with the IBM Watson team, CogAbility leverages IBM Watson and other top AI technologies from Google, Amazon, OpenAI, and others to help businesses gain competitive advantage in exciting new ways.

Jim Hoskins - Founder & President

Founder and President Jim Hoskins was an early pioneer in the application of machine learning to solve real-world problems. He served as an engineer with IBM’s NASA Space Shuttle program developing next-generation avionics with speech recognition and with IBM’s speech recognition research labs as part of IBM’s PC development team.  Jim has authored over 40 books including the Exploring IBM series which sold over 350,000 copies.

Vernon Niven - COO & Provost

Vernon spent the first 13 years of his career at Accenture, where he built one of the firm’s first AI systems (for tax analysis) and led the firm’s first global eCommerce practice. Since then, Mr. Niven founded and led multiple tech startups including TwinSpires.com and three AI-based businesses. After serving the company as advisor for four years, Mr. Niven joined CogAbility in 2022 to lead our growth in sales, marketing and operations.

Carlton Ulmer - VP, College of Health Care

After a successful 26-year career in health care where he worked with the largest privately held physician group in Georgia to 20 years with HCA Healthcare, Mr Ulmer led innovation and strategic growth initiatives in various roles to include President/CEO of hospitals in the Southeast and Texas. He has experience with public/private partnerships and military while serving on community boards to include Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development, and Education. After one year as advisor, Mr Ulmer joined CogAbility to lead growth in the health care sector.

Stephen Hadley - Lead Developer

Prior to joining CogAbility as our software engineering leader, Stephen spent over 20 years leading successful software engineering projects and programs at General Electric/NBC, Merrill Lynch, and Kingston Systems.

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